Suggested Icebreaker:  What is your favorite holiday of the year?

*** Summarize this week’s message from the Pastor’s Sermon Notes. ***

Passage  Matthew 13:45-46

1. What are the qualities of a pearl make it the perfect picture of the church?

2. What is it about a pearl that makes it valuable, and what does this say about the value of the church? (From Christ’s point of view and/or from ours)

3. Why do you think Christ is pictured as a merchant in verse 45?  What is the significance of the fact that He was seeking goodly pearls?

4. What is the most valuable earthly thing you possess, and what makes it so valuable? How does it compare in value to your salvation?

5. Application: Do your words and actions demonstrate that you believe that lost souls are valuable?  How can we demonstrate this belief to God?

6. Application: What would be different in your life if you saw the lost as worth dying for? What would you be willing to give up to see someone saved?

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